Indigenous knowledge for sustainable farming
Manashi Mohanty (College of Home Science)
Paper short abstract:
Traditional knowledge is constantly evolving to support lives and livelihoods which supports food security and food sovereignty for peoples and communities across the world and it is the very foundation of our food supply.
Paper long abstract:
The fundamental roles of indigenous knowledge in sustaining the livelihoods of people have often been neglected in the agricultural and rural development sector. There are no formal interventions that seek to encourage people to use the local knowledge to improve agricultural crop production. The seasonal nature of food production and gathering in the country creates a need to store and preserve foods during periods of massive food production Studies on the role of indigenous knowledge in food security could provide important information for development of policies that support such knowledge for human sustenance. The traditional knowledge of peasants has enabled them to survive difficult and often changing environments throughout history. This vast reserve of knowledge has potential to contribute to scientific knowledge and development, but it has not been given the recognition it deserves. Traditional knowledge is constantly evolving to support lives and livelihoods. It supports food security and food sovereignty for peoples and communities across the world and it is the very foundation of our food supply. Indigenous knowledge system relating to the sustainable management and utilization of biological resources in the environment is not yet thoroughly explored in accordance with the holistic understanding of the indigenous structures and institutions of the culture, traditions, beliefs and practices of the tribe.
Food and environmental security: the imperatives of indigenous knowledge systems